How to Use a Spiralizer to Cut Carbs (+ Pad Thai Recipe!)

Spiralizer imageWhen eating a low carb diet, it is often difficult to find ways to enjoy your favorite foods. For those looking to better manage their diabetes, it’s especially important to cut traditional pasta out of your diet in order to prevent blood sugar spikes.

This may sound discouraging, but this is where the spiralizer comes to the rescue! A spiralizer allows you to make your favorite pasta dishes by replacing traditional pasta with spiralized vegetable noodles. Although you can spiralizer many veggies using your spiralizer such as sweet potatoes carrots, cucumbers, and more, I find that zucchini works the best when making a pasta dish.  

How to use a spiralizer to make delicious, low-carb meals

Spiralizers are very simple to use. 

Simply take it out of the box and select the type of shred you would like to use. Take your zucchini and cut both ends off. Place it on your machine and turn the handle. You will have created long “zoodles” in less time than it takes to boil water.

Prepare the toppings for your pasta dish as you traditionally would and then simply stir in the zucchini at the very end. You can enjoy the zucchini noodles raw, or allow it to cook in the pan for about 5 minutes to soften without becoming mushy.  

The spiralizer is a lifesaver for those who cannot live without pasta (me!) but need to cut out carbs from their diet. If you have purchased our recipe book or meal plans you will see that many recipes call for spiralized zucchini.

Below, I am going to share a recipe from one of our recent meal plans that updates a traditionally unhealthy dish with spiralized zucchini and carrot noodles. By letting this dish soak, the zucchini will soften and absorb all of the flavors while the carrots maintain their crunch. This is the perfect recipe when you are craving carbs or a crunchy snack that doesn’t cause a huge rise in your blood sugar levels.

What is the best spiralizer to get?

Spiralizers are available at local home good stores and online including on Amazon. They range from around $19-$40 depending on the brand and model. 

Here are a few of my favorite spiralizers from Amazon that you can purchase through our links below (note: these are affiliate links, meaning we will earn a small commission if you purchase after clicking through. We appreciate your support!)

screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-5-11-47-pmOur #1 Choice: Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer 

This is the #1 best-selling spiralizer on Amazon, and for good reason – it works great! This sturdy spiralizer comes with three blades so you can switch up your “noodle” thickness. It costs about $20. Click here to learn more.


screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-5-12-13-pmThe Upgrade Option: Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer Pro

This is the pro version of our favorite spiralizer. If you’re looking for an option that will really last, this is a great option. It comes with four different blade sizes. It costs about $40. Click here to learn more.

screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-5-11-57-pmThe Budget Option: SpiraLife Vegetable Spiralizer 

For those on a budget, this little spiralizer will do the trick! It’s hand-held so may be a bit trickier to use, but takes up less space and has good reviews. It costs about $10. Click here to learn more.

 


Low-Carb Veggie Pad Thai Recipe

Low-Carb Veggie Pad Thai RecipeThis is one of my favorite recipes using zoodles, and the perfect recipe to show you just how tasty veggies can be!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 small summer squash (yellow zucchini)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper jam
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts, chopped

Instructions:

Use a spiralizer to make noodles out of the zucchini and summer squash. Slice red pepper into thin strips and roughly chop the cilantro. Add zucchini, squash, red pepper, cilantro, and shredded carrot to a large bowl and gently toss to mix.
Add all remaining ingredients except for chopped peanuts to a small bowl and mix well to make a dressing. Pour dressing over your veggies, stir well to ensure each piece is coated and allow to marinate in the fridge for 15-30 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts, serve and enjoy!

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